Peter Halley

1953 · United States

Artist biography

Peter Halley is seen as an established contemporary artist, who originates from the United States. Peter Halley was born in 1953. Born in the same country and around the same year are Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Bill Viola, Tony Oursler, Cindy Sherman and Keith Haring.

About Peter Halley's work

Peter Halley is best known for producing abstract work. Abstract art does not try to represent a faithful depiction of a visual reality, or of nature itself, but instead, with the use of colours, gestural elements and shapes tries to achieve its effect. The term can be applied to art that is primarily based on an object, or figure, where the main elements have been simplified. Abstraction has been highly influential in modern art since the 1900s, with its origins grounded in Impressionism. One of the first, most influential movements related to abstraction is Cubism, with artists such as Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, who through their work laid the foundations for a significant number of branches of abstract art.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Peter Halley's work is available on display in 13 galleries around the globe, such as in Austria, Finland, and Belgium. The galleries exhibiting Peter Halley's work include Modern Art in London, Galerie Forsblom in Helsinki, as well as Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicska in Salzburg. Peter Halley's work are currently exhibiting at Galleria Enrico Astuni in Bologna with the exhibition S.p.A.A. Society for Artistic Actions (23 January 2020 - 08 May 2020). Peter Halley's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; The Color Room (28 November 2019 - 15 January 2020) at Mirat in Madrid and Hungary vs. The World (08 January 2020 - 27 March 2020) at QG Gallery in Brussels. Peter Halley's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Modern I Postmodern and took place at Maruani Mercier in Brussels, Belgium from the 27 February 2018 to 07 April 2018.

Currently, Peter Halley has a total of two artworks for sale at Artland.

Peter Halley in private collections

Jimenez -Colon Collection on Artland includes Peter Halley's works, as well as other works produced by prominent figures of the Art world, such as Choi Jun Kun, Liam Fallon, and Petra Cortright.

Peter Halley's Biographical Context

Born in 1953, Peter Halley grew up during the 1970s and was inspired by the artistic culture of the time. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and development in the arts, most often characterised as a response to the central strains of the previous decade. Conceptual art emerged as a key movement, a partial evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the artwork into the extensive outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and engaging with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal reflections, creating cryptic and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain prominence for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years prior, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly renowned figures worldwide. New York maintained an prominent position in the international art world, ensuring that global artists continued to flock to the galleries, bars and downtown scene in the city. n Japan and Korea, artists associated with the Mono-Ha movement explored on encounters between natural and industrial materials such as stone, glass, cotton, sponge, wood, oil and water, arranging them in mostly unchanged, fleeting conditions. The works focused on the interdependency of these various elements and the surrounding space, and had a strong interest in the European philosophy of phenomenology.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been key in the development of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war era, when the cultural prominence of New York asserted its influence over Paris, formerly considered as the most significant art centre worldwide. Leading art movements established and fostered in significant ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in various forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast branches, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus a multitude of post-modern echoes of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary period, the United States has cultivated a powerful influence over the worldwide visual culture, due to the hegemony of its economic and political structures. Key examples of world renowned U.S artists of the modern and contemporary period include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Peter Halley

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 16
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